Although the river is still running relatively high (648 cfs today), it has cleared up considerably … and BWO mayflies continue to hatch. Yesterday, I located a pod of rainbows (stockers) that were rising, and fooled a couple with a #22 postwing BWO imitation. This was about 3 PM, with a warm sun and no wind.
Families of mergansers are showing up, and a lone male wood duck swam upstream across from me. Talk about a gorgeous duck! And this duck has a special place in the hearts of fly tiers. It’s barred flank feathers have been a staple of tails and wings (of trout flies) forever.
The new Monument sign has been installed at the downstream entrance to Orilla Verde. Kathy was told by a BLM person that the designation of “Orilla Verde Recreation Area” has been discontinued, in favor of, simply, the Monument. But you know about old habits. I will continue to call it Orilla Verde, while there are plenty of people around who still call it the “State Park”.